rMB v MBA 13" Screen size

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by lord e55ex, May 4, 2015.

  1. lord e55ex macrumors member

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    I'm pretty certain this is a simply question, for the people that have moved from a MBA 13" to the rMB, have you missed the actual screen size.

    I will freely admit that I have not tried one in store, due to none being on display when I visited. I'm thinking moving from my MacBook Air 2011 model to rMB. I probably spend 95% of my time using iCloud features and Safari so not worried about about photoshop or things like that.

    Not question you get more bang for your buck with the MBPr, but I really don't need all the ports and the power!
     
  2. shenan1982 macrumors 68040

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    Given the increased resolution, and thinner bezel, I think most people are going to say no, they don't miss the inch. LOL...
     
  3. vanimal macrumors 6502a

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    ^ 1.3" actually. The MBA is a 13.3" screen vs the 12"
     
  4. mattopotamus macrumors G5

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    It actually does not feel that different from the 13" Air b.c the highest resolution on both is the same, 1440 x 900.
     
  5. Dayv macrumors 6502

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    I had a non-retina 13" MBP, so the screen was similar to the Air. I don't miss the extra screen size at all.
     
  6. newellj macrumors 601

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    It depends what you're doing. For me, using a single program/app, the difference was unnoticeable. When I had two documents or spreadsheets open side by side, I did notice the difference - the 12" display was just enough smaller that the text/numbers became harder to read easily.
     
  7. lord e55ex thread starter macrumors member

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    Well at the moment its literally just for browsing the web and using Photos and editing docs etc. Is there UI lag when you have multiple apps open ?
     
  8. newellj macrumors 601

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    I did not have any lag, but I don't see it with the rMBP, either. A typical session would be a couple of Office docs/spreadsheets open, Adobe Acrobat Pro open, a dozen Safari tabs open, Messages and iTunes running.

    On the other hand, other people seem to see lag all the time. I never use Mission Control, I always turn off transparency and I don't full-screen my apps - because I don't like any of those. Some of those might create lag.
     
  9. rajivhifi macrumors member

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    There is a difference

    My wife has a 13" MBA and she can't stand to see the smaller screen on my rMB. She does admit the retina makes a difference but she can't switch to the 12". I use a 13" MBP for work and notice the difference too. I will definitely switch to a larger screen size should they bring out one in the future.
     
  10. lord e55ex thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for your feedback, im feeling more and more that a better upgrade would be to the rMBP 13". Why cant they just upgrade the Air ! LOL :cool:
     

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